Auditions – Independence Park Theatre

AUDITION NOTICE


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A Greek muse inspires love, laughter, and the world’s first Roller Disco in this 1980s glitter explosion based on the cult film and Broadway musical.

Xanadu Jr. is inspired by the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical and the Universal Pictures’ cult classic movie that starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. Xanadu Jr. is a moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep audiences in stitches while the original, legendary chart-topping tunes lift them out of their seats.

Xanadu Jr. follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first Roller Disco. (Hey, it’s 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds.


Audition Information

Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022, from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm at BREC’s Independence Park Theatre located at 7800 Independence Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. You are not required to be here the entire time. Time slots will be offered as we near the audition date.

Audition Requirements

The actor’s age range is ages 9 – 17.

Please prepare a 90-second package, that includes a memorized Broadway standard song, as well as a memorized monologue.

ALL SONGS WILL BE PERFORMED A CAPELLA, MEANING WITHOUT MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT.

A small dance audition will be taught during the audition, so please wear, or bring a change of clothes that are comfortable for movement. The Dance Audition is required for all casting.


Rehearsal Information

Rehearsals and the First Company Meeting will be held at Independence Park Theatre. First Company Meeting: September 13th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Rehearsal Dates: September 20 – October 20 on Tuesday through Friday from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Technical Rehearsals are October 17th – 20th from 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, please be aware that the cast may be needed until 9:00 pm this week. The entire cast is required to be at this rehearsal to keep their role. No exceptions.

While the rehearsal schedule may not require the entire cast to be present for all rehearsals, we ask that you keep the dates of rehearsals in mind once you have registered. The official rehearsal schedule will be given at the First Company Meeting. All conflicts should be listed on the Audition Registration Form.


Performance Information

Friday, October 21st at 7:00 pm.

Saturday, October 22nd at 2:00 pm and again at 7:00 pm.


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Character Breakdown

Please note, that while the roles listed below may be gender specific, the actor’s gender expression will always be respected.

Sonny Malone

Sonny Malone is the young male lead from the beaches of California. He is wide-eyed, full of dreams and can be a bit sensitive; after all, he is an artist! While Sonny may not be the brightest, he is very sincere and earnest.

Gender: Male

Kira

Kira is the Greek heroine and loveable, young ingénue. She begins the play as Clio, the youngest and the most idealistic of the Muses. With the addition of leg warmers and an Australian accent, she quickly becomes Kira to help Sonny realize his dreams. She is ambitious, smart, and like Sonny, pure of heart.

Gender: Female

Danny Maguire

Danny Maguire is a real estate magnate and owner of the Xanadu theater. This is a wonderful part for a male actor who is adept at playing character roles. He should be a malleable actor who can evolve from being guarded about protecting the theater to becoming partners with Sonny and then betraying him.

Gender: Male

The Andrews Sisters

The Andrews Sisters (Maxene, Patty, and Laverne) are an exact duplicate of the Andrews Sisters that were famous in the 1940s.

Gender: Female

The Tubes

The Tubes is an iconic, hard-rockin’ new-wave band of the 80s. Cast young performers who are fearless and can really rock out.

Gender: Any

Melpomene

Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy, is the eldest of the Muses and is most responsible for plotting against Kira.

Gender: Female

Calliope

Calliope, Muse of Epics, is Melpomene’s “Wing-Muse.” She is equally devious and listens closely to her sister’s direction.

Gender: Female

Other Muses

Erato, Euterpe, Polyhymnia, Terpischore, Thalia and Urania.

Zeus

The King of the Gods.

Gender: Male

Hera

Hera is Zeus’ wife and is known for her comparable status to her husband.

Gender: Female

Hermes

Hermes is a hilarious cameo role for a performer with excellent comedic skills.

Gender: Male

Thetis

Thetis is the Goddess of the Sea who tells the pivotal story of Achilles and his vulnerable heel, which in turn, changes Kira’s perspective about really loving Sonny.

Gender: Female

Aphrodite

The Goddess of Love.

Gender: Female

Sirens

Melpomene’s nine alluring daughters.

Gender: Female

Ensemble and *Featured Dancers

Eros, Cyclops, Centaur, and Medusa. And of course, there is the Greek Chorus, which is the foundation for the world of the play, as well as a lot of dancing!

*If you’d like to audition for only a Featured Dancer role, please note that on the Audition Registration Form where applicable.

Gender: Any


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If you have questions or need more information, please contact:

Xen or Jeffery at (225) 216-0660 during normal office operating hours of

Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.